Laura Rathe Fine Art announces a highly anticipated solo exhibition ‘In Full Bloom’, featuring new works by internationally acclaimed artist, Zhuang Hong Yi. For the first time ever, LRFA will be hosting this exhibition at both their Houston and Dallas Locations. The Houston opening will be held on Friday, September 7th from 6-9pm, while Dallas will be hosting on Saturday, September 8th from 6-8:30pm with an artist talk at 7pm. The artist will be in attendance on both dates.
Brilliantly colorful and richly textured, the work of Zhuang Hong Yi has a powerful yet elegant presence. While flying between his hometown of Beijing and Holland, Zhuang was inspired by the breathtaking colors that shifted in the flower fields below. He then recreated this experience into what he is now most notably known for: his Flowerbed paintings. Zhuang uses delicate rice paper that he painstakingly paints and folds into hundreds of tiny flower buds. He then embeds them into the canvas, as if he has just planted a garden in bloom. The artist densely gathers these elements into dazzling three-dimensional constructions with the colors continuously undulating, depending on the viewer’s distance and perspective.
LRFA will also be exhibiting Zhuang’s new Landscape paintings, in which rice paper is still a highlighted component, but this time it is assembled with a heavily sculpted and gestural acrylic impasto. The seamless and graceful blend of Chinese and Western cultural influences in Zhuang Hong Yi’s work reflects his upbringing and education in China followed by years of being immersed in the European experience.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in 1962 in Sichuan, China, and based in Beijing and The Netherlands, artist Zhuang Hong Yi draws influence from both his native China and his experiences living part-time in Western Europe since the early 1990s. Zhuang Hong Yi masterfully works in a variety of media, often blending elements of painting, collage, and sculpture into bold series of works that defy traditional categories.
The work of Zhuang Hong Yi has been collected and exhibited worldwide in such countries as Belgium, England, Italy, Germany, Spain, and France. A graduate of the Sichuan College of Fine Arts, Zhuang Hong Yi has also been the subject of multiple museum exhibitions including at the Found Museum in Beijing, China, and the Groninger Museum, the Stadsmuseum Zoetermeer, and the Stedelijk Museum Zwolle in The Netherlands.